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What helps discipline work?

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The key to effective discipline is to understand who your child is, especially their temperamental style. Your goal should be to help them achieve their potential given their talents and tendencies, not to turn them into someone they're not (like making a rowdy, intense child into a mellow, laid-back one).

  • Explain what the discipline plan is and why.
  • Be respectful of your child.
  • Be consistent -- in different settings and with different people.
  • When it's done, it's done.
  • Check yourself -- was your expectation appropriate for your child's development?
  • Look for the "why" behind behaviors.

From: Parents, Kids, and Discipline WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

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